This week we’re featuring the 16th Street neighborhood in Northwest DC, just north of Columbia Heights. Informally known as “church row,” the area contains a remarkably high concentration of churches from a variety of Christian denominations. Guest blogger Sudip Bhattacharya gives us an intimate look into this multicultural faith community in NW DC.
Check out more of Sudip’s work on Twitter @WhatsGood_DC and over at the What’s Good DC blog.
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By Sudip Bhattacharya
Rev. Larry Owens Jr. begins with a confession.
“I don’t listen to gospel music only” he admits, causing some of those at the front and middle pews to gasp. Rev. Owens leans forward from his pulpit and grins. He explains how he can’t stop listening to the R and B singer Jill Scott, and how he especially loves the song “Hate on Me.”
“Our President took the troops out of Iraq and now we got critics blaming him for not doing it soon enough” he booms, and allows for the congregation to clap and yell, “preach!”
Photo courtesy of The New York Times
DC’s 14th Street NW is a lively area that connects the U Street and Logan Circle neighborhoods. The New York Times just published a piece on the revitalization of the street, pointing to the new developments cropping up at every block of the strip, including the ginormous JBG Louis project at 14th and U. Although it used to be a hub for “prostitutes and drug dealers,” a few key factors helped change the character of the neighborhood, including the Whole Foods that opened in 2000.
Courtesy of HStreet.org
This week DC Hood Hopper is featuring the H Street NE neighborhood, also called the Atlas District (named for the historic theater at its heart). The street itself runs East-West beginning at Benning Rd. NE until North Capitol St., near Union Station.
Dubbed an “Arts and Entertainment District,” H Street is home to a lively assortment of bars, restaurants, and arts and music venues including the Atlas Performing Arts Center, the H Street Playhouse, and HR-57 jazz club. The neighborhood also hosts an annual street festival, which is coming up in September.
This week DC Hood Hopper is featuring the Columbia Heights neighborhood, located just north of Adams Morgan (which we also featured recently), and the subject of some fascinating DC history.
In the 1800’s the area was largely farmland. Home to the original campus of George Washington University, then called Columbian College and located on the land where Meridian Hill Park now sits, the neighborhood got its name from the college.
Entrance to Meridian Hill Park (Photo courtesy of the National Park Service)
Photo courtesy of DCist.com.
We recently featured DC’s U Street neighborhood here on Hood Hopper, where you saw a big nod to the famous U Street restaurant Ben’s Chili Bowl. It looks like the U landmark is opening a new location on H Street NE, which is big news because of the historical significance of the restaurant in its original location.
DCist has a “heretical” take on the news, saying the lofty position granted to Ben’s has more to do with its history than the quality of its food.
Welcome to DC’s smallest quadrant: Southwest!
This week at DC Hood Hopper we’re featuring the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood. Our featured post is brought to you by a guest blogger, Evan Milberg. You can follow Evan @EvanMilberg and @WhatsGood_DC, and check out his blog at http://gooddc.wordpress.com/.
Photo by Alycia Williams
All Hands on Deck in Southwest
By Evan Milberg
The Southwest Waterfront is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. By 2020, it will be one of the newest. Over the course of centuries, the Waterfront, a maritime community highlighted by the Maine Avenue fish market, The Capitol Yacht Club and The Washington Marina, has become what many think is an underutilized area with literally boatloads of potential.
Photo courtesy of GreaterGreaterWashington.org
Greater Greater Washington has a fascinating post on the phenomenon of “abandominiums” in DC’s Anacostia neighborhood. These abandoned buildings are attracting squatters and a range of illegal activities from drug use to prostitution.According to residents, the vacant units are another example of the greater community – specifically the DC government – neglecting the neighborhoods east of the river.
The writer, John Muller, quotes one resident:
“Gray and all them, they could fix these places up. But see the thing of it is, is that you got money they sending across the water instead of taking care of your folks at home.”